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A Showcase of CSU Biotechnology Expertise

By CSU Public Affairs 

The celebration of student and faculty work at CSU campuses statewide took place under the theme of 'Innovating Educational Practices for the Biotechnology Industry.'

The celebration of student and faculty work at CSU campuses statewide took place under the theme of 'Innovating Educational Practices for the Biotechnology Industry.'

Focusing on a wide range of cultures – from the tribal and corporate to the academic and microbial — the 23rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium earlier this month showcased applied research in the CSU as it set the stage for students’ future success in scientific and technological careers.

To a lively gathering of about 500 CSU students and faculty and nearly 100 industry professionals, community college representatives and elected officials, the symposium presented panels of experts with global perspectives and the discoveries of individual researchers.

With 236 research posters, students from 22 CSU campuses described and discussed their findings related to genes, proteins, cancers, crops, nerves, viruses, and more.  Students, faculty and industry leaders dialogued through career networking, educational sessions and roundtable discussions.

Organized by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), the symposium is the major statewide event fostering the development of emerging biotechnology researchers and professionals in California.

Several awards celebrated particularly strong work by students and faculty.

Opening the conference, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said 'I can feel the energy and passion that our students and faculty have for the research they are doing.' He followed that by calling student research 'a high-impact educational practice.'

Opening the conference, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said 'I can feel the energy and passion that our students and faculty have for the research they are doing.' He followed that by calling student research 'a high-impact educational practice.'

Speaking on a day that would feature graduate research finalist presentations, CSU Northridge President Jolene Koester couldn't help but share her pride that two of the eight finalists were from her campus.

Speaking on a day that featured graduate research finalist presentations, CSU Northridge President Jolene Koester couldn't help but share her pride that two of the eight finalists were from her campus.

After participating the day before in a presentation by CSU Fullerton Assistant Professor Hope Johnson, this group of Fullerton students attended the presentation of graduate research in order to cheer on their fellow student, Jason Schott.

The day after attending a presentation by their mentor, CSU Fullerton Assistant Professor Hope Johnson, this group of Fullerton students watched the presentations of graduate research in order to cheer on their fellow student, Jason Schott.

Jason Schott's supporters from CSU Fullerton were not disappointed.  Schott received the Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award for his investigation into the brain receptors behind the expression of genes connected to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Jason Schott's supporters from CSU Fullerton were not disappointed. Schott received the Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award for his investigation into the brain receptors behind the expression of genes connected to Alzheimer’s Disease.

CSUPERB presented its Faculty Research Award – recognizing outstanding scientific achievement in the life sciences – to Sepehr Eskandari, a biology professor at Cal Poly Pomona.  Eskandari examines critical transport molecules of the brain, particularly those involved in regulating signals by neurotransmitters.

CSUPERB presented its Faculty Research Award – recognizing outstanding scientific achievement in the life sciences – to Sepehr Eskandari, a biology professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Eskandari examines critical transport molecules of the brain, particularly those involved in regulating signals by neurotransmitters.

Also honored were Cal State L.A. biology professor Howard Xu (left), who received CSUPERB's Andreoli Award for service, and San Diego State University President Stephen Weber (right), who was praised for years of outstanding, visionary and effective executive leadership.

Also honored were Cal State L.A. biology professor Howard Xu (left), who received CSUPERB's Andreoli Award for service, and San Diego State University President Stephen Weber (right), who was praised for years of outstanding, visionary and effective executive leadership.

Note: For more information on the symposium along with other CSU research and science developments, check out the newly launched Science and the CSU blog.

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